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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Songs and Ballads.
IV. “I do not Love Thee!”
By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah (Sheridan) Norton (1808–1877)
 
  I DO not love thee!—no! I do not love thee!
And yet when thou art absent I am sad;
  And envy even the bright blue sky above thee,
Whose quiet stars may see thee and be glad.
 
  I do not love thee!—yet, I know not why,        5
Whate’er thou dost seems still well done, to me—
  And often in my solitude I sigh—
  That those I do love are not more like thee!
 
  I do not love thee!—yet, when thou art gone
I hate the sound (though those who speak be dear)        10
  Which breaks the lingering echo of the tone
Thy voice of music leaves upon my ear.
 
  I do not love thee!—yet thy speaking eyes,
With their deep, bright, and most expressive blue—
  Between me and the midnight heaven arise,        15
Oftener than any eyes I ever knew.
 
  I know I do not love thee! yet, alas!
Others will scarcely trust my candid heart;
  And oft I catch them smiling as they pass,
Because they see me gazing where thou art.        20
 
 
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